About Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Address: Car Rental Center, P4 Car Return On Outdoor Parking!, Vienna, 1300
Serving the capital of Austria, Vienna International Airport (VIE) is advantageously positioned 18 km (11 mi) from Vienna’s city center and adjacent to motorway A4, a convenient passage to the surrounding regions. As a busy international hub for both business and leisure travel, (VIE) airport car rental options rival most cities in Europe. You’ll find National, Dollar, Europcar, and Sixt among the big names located in the car hire center on Level 0 of Car Park (P4) of the terminal.
There’s driving in Vienna, and then there’s driving in the outlying Austrian countryside. The city center’s tangled network of one-way (Einbahn) streets is notoriously unpleasant to navigate — never mind the parking situation, for now. On the other hand, Austria is connected by an impeccably maintained system of roadways that people just love to drive. Plus, a number of world-class ski resorts are located within an hour’s drive from (VIE) and the Alpine scenery is stunning.
Before you rent a car in any unfamiliar and foreign city, it’s essential that you get familiar with local rules of the road. While most Austrian traffic rules and regulations are similar to what you find elsewhere in Europe, the most important variation to contend with is the Vignette toll sticker system — required for driving the Autobahn and all designated “S” roads in Austria. Be sure to ask your airport car rental agent about the toll sticker.
Choosing your car
Getting a good deal on car rental isn’t always about rates — sometimes choosing your cars is more about function. You’ll find a comprehensive selection of cars at (VIE), ranging from compact and fuel-efficient mini and economy cars (Skoda Fabia, Fiat Tipo) to family-sized estates (Volkswagen Grand Jetta). Renters of luxury cars (Mercedes-Benz E-Class), SUVs (Jeep Grand Cherokee), and 7-9 seater vans (Opel Vivaro) will be well appointed. And in the spirit of customer satisfaction, most airport car rental companies are offering a host of free inclusions: free collision damage waivers, theft protection, no fee cancellations, and of course, free GPS — a must for tourists.
Tips and advice
European drivers love their manual transmission vehicles, but if you’re an inexperienced mountain driver, it’s wise to play it safe with automatic.
Make your car rental reservation as far in advance as possible. Last minute prices tend to skyrocket, especially during peak tourist season.
Parking in Vienna is scarce, particularly in the inner districts, and expensive. Visitors to the city may want to find a parking spot on the outskirts of the Einbahns and see the sights on foot.
Austrian traffic news is broadcast every 30 minutes on radio station Ö3.
Between November 1 and April 15, all vehicles up to 3.5t must be equipped with winter tires fit for winter conditions.
Unlike most places, you can have a drink in Austria and still get behind the wheel. The legal drink-driving limit is 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. For newer drivers with less than two years of a valid driving permit, the limit is 10 mg per 100 ml.